My TED talk is going viral around the world, and I’m responding to it by sitting on a meditation cushion for three weeks, in silence.
Many people would not consider disconnecting at a pivotal moment in their careers.
Millions of people are watching my TEDxBeaconStreet entitled The Good Life and it is sparking social media dialogue. That’s scary. Isn’t it?
But I am a Zen practitioner. The Zen tradition holds that contemplation helps us stay grounded in what’s most important in life. One way to make this happen is to detach from the busyness and chaos of everyday life. By making time for meditation, stillness, and silent reflection we can re-center ourselves on what’s most important.
This three-week retreat is all about giving me a better look at what’s going on—grounding myself. It’s part of my Zen teacher training that puts service to one’s community front and center.
I came to Zen practice later in life. One of the most important things I’ve learned from studying the good life is that it’s never too late–that now is always the right moment to re-orient yourself toward what’s most important. And in the swirl of an explosive TED talk moment, isn’t this the time to do just that?
What’s your moment?